Scaldweed, Cuscuta grovonii, can prevent an invasive plant from using soil microbes to help invade territory – and the parasite can even become more vicious by using those same microbes against its invasive host.
Parasitic plants draw life from their hosts, but now it seems that even after death, some plants have a baleful influence.
Taking a look inside these botanical rebels offers new information to better understand them.
Impact on the tree varied depending on whether it was deciduous or evergreen
If the parasitic plant dodder taps its host with a straw, then it’s a specialised straw than can filter out some nutrients that the plant isn’t using.
One of the common features of plants they make their own food. But what happens inside a plant when they stop making their food and eat something else?
A better understanding of germination and seedling establishment is needed for the conservation of vulnerable or threatened orchid populations.
Parasitic plants tend to get a bad press. Unfairly?